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‘Girls’ shoots on Bayside’s Bell Boulevard


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER/Photo by Rosa Kim

The hit HBO series “Girls” filmed on Bell Boulevard on Tuesday, July 2.

Cast members, including Lena Dunham, were on hand at Bayside’s CJ Sullivan’s.

“I took off work to see her and I’ve been waiting since 10 a.m. just to see her come out and take a picture with her [Dunham],” said “Girls” fan Kelly Goff. “She’s awesome. I feel like I totally relate to the show–post grad, everybody’s trying to get a job, going out partying the same way.”

“It’s really cool; we don’t really have a lot actual big shows being filmed here, it’s usually small ones that you never really hear of, so to have a show that I actually watch here is really awesome,” echoed Jessie Naftaly.

Photo courtesy of Gregg Sullivan

 

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‘Argo,’ ‘Les Misérables,’ ‘Homeland’ win big at Golden Globes


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“Lincoln” may have led the Oscar nominations, but “Argo” won two of the top awards at last night’s 70th annual Golden Globe awards.

“Argo” earned the award for best dramatic film and, even though he was shut out of the Oscar race, Ben Affleck, who also starred in the film, won for best director.

Other winners of the night included “Les Misérables” for best comedy or musical film, Jessica Chastain of “Zero Dark Thirty” for best actress in a drama and Daniel Day-Lewis won best actor for his portrayal of the 16th president in “Lincoln,” the movie’s only award of the night.

In the best comedy or musical category, Hugh Jackman of “Les Misérables” won for best actor and Jennifer Lawrence of “Silver Linings Playbook” was awarded a best actress Golden Globe.

Supporting film acting awards went to Anne Hathaway for “Les Misérables” and Christopher Waltz for “Django Unchained.”

In the other remaining film categories, “Brave” won for best animated, “Amour” from Austria won for best foreign film and Quentin Tarantino won for his “Django Unchained” screenplay.

A surprised Adele, who said it was her first night out since having her baby, won for best original song for “Skyfall” from the latest James Bond movie of the same name.  Best original score went to “Life of Pi.”

In television, best drama went to Showtime’s “Homeland” and best comedy went to HBO’s “Girls.”

The stars of those shows, Claire Danes and Lena Dunham also took home best actress awards.

“Homeland” also earned best actor for Damian Lewis, and best actor in a comedy or musical television series went to Don Cheadle who stars in the show “House of Lies.”

Best made for TV movie or mini-series went to “Game Change,” and Julianne Moore, who played former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin in the HBO film, won for best actress the category.

Kevin Costner won for best actor for his role in the post-Civil War ear mini-series “Hatfields & McCoys.”

Awards for best supporting actress and actor in a series, mini-series or made for television movie went to Maggie Smith for “Downtown Abbey: Season 2” and Ed Harris for “Game Change.”

Finally, Jodi Foster, who has been working in films since she was a child, was honored with the Golden Globes’ Cecil B. DeMille award for her “outstanding contributions to the world of entertainment.”

Tennis Ace: Cardozo freshman wins the Girls’ Singles Individuals Tournament


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Photo Courtesy Sabrina Xiong

Neal Baskin has been coaching for more than 40 years, and he knows talent.

So when Howie Arons, boys’ tennis coach for Benjamin Cardozo High School, told him there could be a prodigy coming to join the girl’s team last year, Basking said he would have to see her for himself.

“I respected Howie’s judgment, but until I see a player I can’t make my judgment,” Baskin said.

Baskin was convinced that the Lady Judges had found a special player after he met Sabrina Xiong and watched her try out for the team.

“I’m always looking for a ‘blue chip’ athlete to come in and that’s what she is,” Baskin said of his star player.

Xiong, 14, slipped into the lead singles role at Cardozo and took PSAL Division A girls’ tennis by storm, going undefeated in the regular season, 7-0, leading Cardozo to finish second in the league. She even breezed past upperclassmen to win the Girls’ Singles Individuals Tournament.

“Winning anything feels great,” Xiong said. “But it was good, especially since I was a freshman, and it was the first time I played on a school team. It was really nice having people support me.”

Baskin admitted the scary thing about the young girl from Fresh Meadows is the that fact that she is a freshman.

No PSAL player has won the singles title four years in row, but Xiong has set herself up to become the first.

“I’ll try my hardest,” Xiong said.

As Arons once pointed out, Xiong had long been big news on the city’s tennis radar before she entered Cardozo.

After her mom signed her up to take tennis lessons at the Billy Jean National Tennis Center when she was eight years old, Xiong just took off.

“At that time I thought maybe she needed to play some kind of sport,” said Jennifer Wang, Xiong’s mother. “But the coaches over there just kept putting her in the next level, and next level and next level.”

In 2010, when U.S. tennis legend John McEnroe opened up his tennis academy on Randall’s Island to foster young talented players, Xiong had developed a burning passion for the sport and went to try out for the program.

Approximately 175 aspiring players were judged on everything from swings, volleys and serves, to physical speed, strength and technical skills.

The field was shortened to about 25, and then six, who were personally evaluated by McEnroe himself.

Xiong aced the evaluation after playing with McEnroe, and earned a full scholarship.

Since then she has trained at the academy, practicing for nearly seven hours a day in the summer. During the school year she travels to the facility on Randall’s Island from 6 to 8 p.m., after completing homework.

“It’s a really good experience,” Xiong said. “It’s really intense and it keeps me motivated. Very few people get the chance to go to the academy and meet John [McEnroe]. And I get to hit with him sometimes.”

On some weekends she competes in United States Tennis Association (USTA) tournaments for her age group.

With the current No. 3 ranking in the USTA Eastern 14 and under division, she will compete in a Super National tournament in Florida this weekend.

Her success in a sport in which stars usually make their pro debut at an early age leaves many to wonder whether Xiong will be aiming to enter the professional field early.

However, right now she’s not thinking about it at all.

“I’ll wait a little a bit longer,” Xiong said. “I have to train more for that. I think education is my first priority. Getting into a really good college and playing there would be great, because I just want the experience of playing on a [college] team.”

 

Top Headlines From Around the Web


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Graphic by Jay Lane

Yankees’ Joba could be out for year after injury: report

Yankees pitcher Joba Chamberlain will be out indefinitely after suffering a “very significant,” possibly season-ending injury to his right ankle Thursday after jumping on a “trampoline of sorts” at a play center. GM Brian Cashman said Friday that Chamberlain fell while playing with his son and has an open dislocation of the ankle, meaning the bone broke through the skin. Chamberlain’s son, Karter, was uninjured. Read More: New York Post

‘The Hunger Games’ earns $19.74M at midnight screenings

“The Hunger Games” has already raked in $19.74 million from midnight screenings, according to Lionsgate. The movie now has the biggest non-sequel midnight opening of all time, according to reports. The highly-anticipated film adaptation of the best-selling novel earned more at midnight than “The Dark Knight” did in the summer of 2008. That film opened with $18.5 million at midnight before earning $158 million for the second-highest opening weekend of all time. Read More: New York Post

Burned firefighter heads home

A Brooklyn firefighter who suffered severe burns on the job is heading home after spending three months in the burn center at New York Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center. Robert Wiedmann suffered burns to 54 percent of his body, including his head, face and back in a December 19 fire in Crown Heights. Wiedmann left the hospital Friday morning in a limo with a police escort. Read More: New York Post

 

Staten Island stabbing suspect arraigned on murder charges, remanded into custody

The man suspected of fatally stabbing a Staten Island groom-to-be at his engagement party was charged today with second-degree murder and remanded into custody. Redinel Dervishaj, 35, allegedly plunged a butcher’s knife into the chest of bricklayer Anthony Lacertosa, 27, during an early-morning melee last Saturday in front of the Espana Restaurant. Dervishaj was nabbed Tuesday hiding out at his aunt’s home in Illinois, police said. He waived extradition and was returned to Staten Island. Read More: New York Post
Police Identify So-Called “Vaseline Bandit”

Investigators with the New York City Police Department have identified the so-called “Vaseline Bandit”. Investigators want to speak with Luis Gonzalez in connection with 14 burglaries in upper Manhattan dating back to September. Police say he covers the peephole on doors with petroleum jelly to obstruct the view, giving himself time to get away if someone encounters him at the door. Police say he’s stolen jewelry, money and electronics. Read More: NY1

 

Police: Man Sexually Abused Two Girls In Brooklyn Laundromat

Police are looking for a man who sexually abused two teenage girls and exposed himself to a third in Brooklyn over the weekend. Investigators say the suspect went into a laundromat located at 481 Knickerbocker Avenue Sunday night and abused two girls, ages 13 and 15. The man then went to another laundromat where authorities say he exposed himself to another 13-year-old girl. Read More: NY1

 

Cops shoot, injure disturbed woman in Bronx after she throws knives at them

A suicidal woman was shot and wounded by police in the Bronx on Friday after she started tossing knives at the officers, sources told the Daily News. The 42-year-old chucked the blades at the cops after they walked into her Lasalle Ave. apartment in Middletown and found her stabbing herself in the stomach shortly before 10 a.m., the sources said. One officer fired at least two times in response, striking the woman in her leg, a source said. Read More: Daily News

55 gang members busted in $2M ID theft ring involving Jewish charity


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Graphic by Jay Lane

55 gang members busted in $2M ID theft ring involving Jewish charity

Over 50 gang members have been busted for running an identity theft ring that targeted people who’d given to charity, prosecutors announced today. The Manhattan DA’s office said 55 members of the Bloods, Crips and Outlaws were arraigned after taking part in a check scam. Prosecutors said a worker at the United Jewish Appeal, which is based in Midtown, would photocopy checks the charity received from donors. The employee, Tracy Nelson, allegedly sold the checks to the gang members, who then assumed the identities of those who had donated money. As part of the same ID theft ring, prosecutors said they had also arrested three JP Morgan Chase tellers, a worker at TD Bank and a US postal worker. Read More: New York Post

 

In stunner, Stanford yanks tech-campus bid

After months of pressing its case to open a tech campus in the city, Stanford University abruptly pulled out of the competition Friday. In a statement, Stanford President John Hennessy said, “after several weeks of negotiations with New York City, university leaders and the Stanford Board of Trustees have determined that it would not be in the best interests of the university to continue to pursue the opportunity.” Read More: Crain’s New York

 

The Courier plays Santa for South Queens Boys & Girls Club

The Queens Courier got a sneak peek of what Christmas morning would be like for the youngsters of the South Queens Boys & Girls Club (SQBGC). On Thursday, December 15, Courier reporters — playing Santa and his Christmas elves — distributed hundreds of toys to the club’s underprivileged kids. Read More: Queens Courier

 

DOB Investigates Chelsea Scaffold Collapse

An investigation has been launched after a construction scaffold collapsed onto a busy Manhattan sidewalk during Friday’s morning rush. It happened around 8 a.m. on 14th Street near Seventh Avenue in Chelsea. No one was hurt. “The doorman called up and said we need to evacuate. He didn’t say why. We just looked outside and saw all of the fire trucks and ambulances, so I came down and saw the scaffolding had collapsed,” said one building resident. Read More: NY1

 

Two Missing NJ Girls Found Safe Upstate

Police have tracked down two young New Jersey girls who were the subject of an AMBER Alert earlier this morning. Investigators say Emma Trapp, 5, and her 20-month-old sister Sophia were found unharmed at a motel near Bear Mountain in Orange County. The kids are in the custody right now of the New York State police. Old Bridge police officers and officers, investigators from the Middlesex County prosecutors office are up there right now as well as I understand the FBI,” said Captain Robert Weiss of the Old Bridge Police Department. The girls’ father, Anthony Trapp, 39, was found dead of an apparent suicide inside one of the motel’s rooms. Read More: NY1

 

Bloomberg invites DC lawmakers to attend slain cop’s funeral to highlight illegal gun sales

 

If it were up to him, members of Congress would be attending the funeral of police Officer Peter Figoski to see for themselves the havoc wreaked when an illegal gun falls into the hands of a career criminal. Bloomberg got to discussing illegal weapons in a response to a Tweet on his radio show this morning from a listener asking why the city was wasting so much time pushing for stricter federal gun controls. Read More: Daily News

Man Suspected Of Sexually Abusing Two Pre-Teen Girls In Elmhurst


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Graphic by Jay Lane

Feds arrest NY lawmaker on new bribery charges

Less than three weeks after being acquitted in a federal corruption case, a New York state lawmaker was arrested Tuesday on new charges that he sought and accepted bribes from a carnival promoter and two undercover FBI agents posing as real estate developers. William Boyland Jr., a Brooklyn assemblymember from a long line of politicians, was to appear later Tuesday in federal court in Brooklyn on charges of soliciting more than $250,000 in bribes in exchange for performing official acts. There was no immediate response to a phone message left with his attorney. Read More: NBC News

Man Suspected Of Sexually Abusing Two Pre-Teen Girls In Elmhurst

Investigators are on the hunt for a man wanted for sexually abusing two 12-year-old girls in Queens. Police released a sketch of a man they say lured a girl into his car on 54th Avenue in Elmhurst on the morning of November 12. Investigators say he began sexually abusing the girl inside the car before she ran out. Police believe on November 25 he lured another girl into his car on 55th Avenue. He is described as about 6-feet tall and about 40 years old. Police say the suspect’s white sedan has a green, white and orange or red flag sticker on the driver’s door with an eagle in the middle. Read More: NY1

New schedules to clear ‘chaos’ at Queens Metropolitan High School

The class confusion should be over at Queens Metropolitan High School following new schedules distributed prior to the Thanksgiving break. The first two-and-a-half months of the school year saw some students’ schedules changed over 10 times. Parents and students complained of the chaotic hallways, constant changes and no gym classes. Queens Metropolitan shares the building with two other schools – Metropolitan Expeditionary Learning School and Maspeth High School. Read More: Queens Courier

NYPD Stats: Officers Have Stopped, Frisked Four Million Residents Since 2004

The New York City Police Department is on pace to stopping-and-frisking a record number of New Yorkers this year. According to a New York Civil Liberties Union analysis of new police data, during the first nine months of 2011, the NYPD made more than 500,000 street stops. The group says officers are on track to conduct just more than 675,000 stops, which is a nearly 13 percent increase over last year. The NYCLU claims most of these interrogations involved blacks or Latinos, and nearly 90 percent of the stops did not result in an arrest or ticket. Read More: NY1

$680,000 drug bust in Queens

A drug thug was busted in the middle of a Sports Authority parking lot in Queens on one of the busiest shopping days of the year — with 20 kilos of coke in his trunk, cops said yesterday. Kwame Deschamps, a 27-year-old licensed barber from Lynn, Mass., was acting suspiciously Saturday in the store’s lot on Woodhaven Boulevard in Forest Hills, police said. Cops investigated and reported finding in his car’s trunk more than $600,000 in cocaine and about 4,000 OxyContin pills, which can go for up to $20 a pop, or a total of $80,000. Deschamps was arraigned and charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute. He had been arrested in Massachusetts in 2009 for marijuana possession, according to police. Read More: New York Post